Sheriff releases names of 73 suspects in drug bust; 41 live in Ramona

Wednesday, Sept. 18—

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department this morning released the names of 73 people arrested in its nearly year-long undercover drug operation dubbed Operation Mountain Shadow. Forty-one are Ramona residents.

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Sheriff’s and federal officials on Sept. 10 held a news conference announcing the culmination of their investigation. The conference followed 65 early-morning arrests in Ramona and Poway that day. Due to the ongoing investigation, the sheriff’s department did not release the names of suspects arrested until today, sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Duckworth said.

Ramona suspects, with their age and pending charges, are:

•Christopher Acheson, 27, sales of a controlled substance.

•Juan Martin Aguirre, 39, federal charges for drugs/weapons.

•Paulino Aguirre, 68, federal charges for drugs/weapons.

•Dennis Davis, 58, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Jason Davis, 31, misdemeanor warrant.

•Jose Dinero, 41, federal charges for drugs.

•Leonel Duenas, 29, federal immigration charges.

•Bryan Easley, 43, sales of a controlled substance.

•Mark Emanuel, 54, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Michelle Francis, 24, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Amy Fry, 50, sales of a controlled substance.

•Carley Fry, 27, possession of a controlled substance.

•Horacio Garcia, 31, federal immigration violations.

•Ernesto (Ernie) Gonzalez, 51, federal immigration charges

•Garrett Jackson, 19, sales of a controlled substance.

•Nicholas Jarrett, 22, sales of a controlled substance.

•Suzanne Jarrett, 49, sales of a controlled substance.

•Jeremy Arthur Leger, 27, sales of a controlled substance.

•Tammie Lockard, 46, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Jenny Loy, 31, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Agustin Salas Lut, 27, sales of a controlled substance.

•Angela Lynn, 43, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Arthur Marin, 41, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Tomas Christopher Martinez, 45, sales of a controlled substance.

•Lindsey McNerny, 23, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Michael Mermelstein, 53, possession on controlled substance for sale.

•Christopher Pangborn, 37, possession of controlled substance for sale.

• Francisco Javier Patino, 30, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Carly Riddlespurger, 24, misdemeanor warrant.

•Alex Rivera, 29, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Miguel Rodriguez, 21, federal drug/weapons charges.

•Ocscar Rodriguez, 21, federal drug/weapons charges.

•Vincent Saxton, 51, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Rondale Sorric, 53, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Robert Todd Thompson, 55, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Dalton Thrasher, 23, sales of a controlled substance.

•Stacy Thrasher, 45, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Oscar Torres-Rodriguez, 52, federal drug charges.

•Kathleen Wilson, 48, transportation of a controlled substance.

•Todd Allen Young, 47, federal drug charges.

During the operation, law enforcement officials seized drugs worth a street value of $2.1 million, along with 76 firearms, a live grenade found at a Ramona residence, and $230,000 in cash. Drugs seized included 93 pounds of methamphetamine, 56 pounds of cocaine, 14 pounds of heroin, five pounds of prescription pills and 30 grams of marijuana. The majority of firearms were from Ramona, said Lt. James Bovet of the sheriff’s Ramona station.

Operation Mountain Shadow was launched in October 2012 in response to numerous citizen complaints and a spike in crime in Ramona and Poway that was tied to heroin and methamphetamine trafficking, said officials.

Also arrested, with ages and pending charges, are:

•Cherish Abreu, 21, San Marcos, attempt to purchase controlled substance.

•Jorge Lui Avalos, 24, Los Angeles, federal drug charges.

•Brenton Bahador, 24, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•James Marshall Thomas Beebe, 28, La Mesa, sales of a controlled substance.

•Sammy Adam Bell, 19, Poway, possession of a controlled substance.

•David Buchanan, 23, Florida, federal drug charges.

•John Castillo, 43, Vista, federal charges for drugs/weapons

•Darren Copeland, 31, Poway, sales of a controlled substance.

•Adam Cuevas, 20, Poway, sales of a controlled substance.

•Morgan Dimmit, 27, Mission Beach, federal drug charges.

•Douglas Dixon, 60, Poway, sales of a controlled substance.

•Daniel Duran-Rodriguez, 20, Imperial Beach, sales of a controlled substance.

•Rene Amaury, Garcia, 30, Vista, sales of a controlled substance.

•Jose Norbert Gaytan, Gonzalez, 33, Spring Valley, federal drug charges.

•Jesse Anthony Gonzalez, 47, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Lorenzo Juarez-Ramirez, 22, Lakeside, sales of a controlled substance.

•Eric Leitzke, 42, El Cajon, sales of a controlled substance.

•Rene Lewin, 29, La Mesa, possession of controlled substance.

•Brandon Lyles, 29, Poway, weapons violations.

•Christopher Maldonado, 38, Poway, federal drug charges.

•Erik Munoz, 28, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Israel Ornelas, 41, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Alberto Salas, 19, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Roberto Salas, 19, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Edgar Rios Santiago, 36, Nevada, federal weapons charges.

•Zachary Saunders, 21, San Marcos, sales of a controlled substance.

•David Schreffler, 23, Poway, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Aubrey Scoggins, 25, San Marcos, possession of controlled substance.

•Lawrence Simpson, 23, Poway, possession of controlled substance for sale.

•Jose Tyoran, 40, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Michelle Vasquez, 33, San Diego, federal drug charges.

•Charles Washington, 32, San Diego, federal drug charges.

Participating in the operation were the sheriff’s department, district attorney’s office, Drug Enforcement Administration Violent Trafficking Team; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Marshals Service; Regional Auto Theft Task Force; U.S. Attorney’s Office; U.S. Border Patrol; Narcotics Task Force; and FBI Violent Gang Task Force.

   
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